This week’s New Product Tuesday comes to you in the form of a restaurant review. Our goal at GreenLite is not only to help you lose weight, but help you maintain your healthy lifestyle in a reasonable and convenient way. Staying healthy in our society can feel challenging at times, which is why so many people revert to the easy, unhealthy and SAD diet (Standard America Diet). Many of the obesity problems that face our country are completely ingrained in our society, and yes, the individuals are responsible for their own health, but our unhealthy society and industry must also be held accountable for our habitual unhealthy behaviors. When you’re always on the run, most of the time you don’t have time to think about the high fructose corn syrup that saturates your dinner on.
Well, LYFE Kitchen’s mission is to provide healthy, portion controlled, preservative free and socially responsible food in an affordable and convenient way. Often times, going out to eat can cause anxiety when you’re health focused and you may feel blowing your diet is eminent. But LYFE Kitchen is fast food with out the bad. LYFE stands for “Love Your Food Everyday” and their food is so healthy and realistic, that you probably really could eat it everyday!
LYFE kitchen is the brain child of vegan chef Tal Ronnen, Celebrity chef Art Smith and two former McDonald’s executives. Art Smith is a restaurant entrepreneur, former contestant of Bravo’s Top Chef Master and is well known for being Oprah’s private chef. Art was the poster child for butter laden southern comfort foods but reformed his deep-fried ways after he was diagnosed with type II diabetes just before his 50th birthday. He shed 85 pounds through good-old hard work: diet and exercise. And with his healthy lifestyle his diagnosis was reversed (when belly fat disappears, insulin resistance is no longer an issue).
LYFE Kitchen mission statement: “One of our main goals at LYFE Kitchen is to help you find less time-consuming ways to eat healthy. We make sure every chef-inspired recipe we offer can be prepped and served-from kitchen to table-in a matter of minutes. At LYFE Kitchen we take pride in serving you and your family real food with real flavor, real fast.”
QUALITY & NUTRITION:
With two health conscious head chefs, one vegan & one a recovered diabetic, you can imagine this restaurant’s menu is genuinely healthy (and doesn’t just have a healthy halo).
ALL menu items:
- Are less than 600 Calories
- Contain less than 1000mg of sodium
- No MSG
- Are free of genetically modified organisms (GMO)
- No Fryer’s
Their menu displays calorie and sodium counts for each dish. Butter, cream and high-fructose corn syrup are banned in all their dishes, and none of the food is fried. All ingredients in LYFE meals are natural and free of preservatives, only real foods are served at this soon to be chain restaurant.
We would love to see the complete nutritional panel for LYFE kitchen’s dishes, at least online and wish that their menu’s stated sugar grams instead sodium grams, but we will take what we can get with this healthy fast food joint. Their menu has some hits and misses in regards to the taste factor for each dish, but that does come with the territory with most start-up restaurants.
This restaurant would be a great place to take the whole family. The kids will be getting a great dose of the healthy food and won’t even know it! Be mindful that many of the dishes are carb laden, so it is important to be cautious if you decide to dine in LYFE’s Kitchen. Since this restaurant caters to individual’s with “special diet’s” (they have a few gluten free dishes) they are likely to be accommodating towards low carb substitutions.
Being that the concept of LYFE kitchen is “Healthy Fast Food” their dining format is unique. Customer’s wait in line and order at the cash register and can opt to take their meals to go or dine at a LYFE kitchen table. Those who opt to stay and dine after ordering are waited by servers, just like any other sit down restaurant. The wait staff are very attentive but the only catch here, is the issue of the tip. When and where do we leave it?
LYFE has great business hours: they’re open from 7-10 on Monday-Thursday and 7-11 on Friday and Saturday. It seems like LYFE really practices what they preach with these great business hours, (healthy food early or late) and while it doesn’t have the same convenience as the 24hr Jack in the Box, we think these business hours are a great second.
LYFE kitchen is located at 167 N. Hamilton, Palo Alto and is a newcomer to the small fleet of health conscious and sustainable restaurants that are popping up around Palo Alto. This Palo Alto location is just the first of many locations that are planned to sweep the nation. The company’s concept aims to be a “lifestyle restaurant”, where guests will feel like they can hang out or order food to go.
What we really love about LYFE kitchen is their focus on the complete picture of a healthy lifestyle. They understand that being healthy (which is often synonymous with being thin) is an everyday goal that requires maintenance and awareness. Also, healthy doesn’t have to be boring, or leave you feeling deprived, and LYFE Kitchen’s creative menu is living proof. We definitely support LYFE Kitchen here at GreenLite and love the fact that is perfectly in tune with the principles of Food Day. We look forward to see how LYFE Kitchen grows and what else it may inspire.
Here are some GreenLite Friendly options from LYFE Kitchen that are sure to delight:
- Breakfast Burrito (with egg whites), Tofu Breakfast Wrap, or Breakfast Sandwich without the tortilla and English muffins
- Gardein Breakfast Patty
- Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Aioli
- Farmers Market
- Chopped Napa Cabbage without cranberries
- Caesar without croutons
- Add the free range chicken breast, grilled shrimp or salmon to any salad for an extra boost of protein.
- Fish tacos, without the tortillas and ask for extra slaw or a bed of lettuce
- Classic burger without the multi-grain bun with extra slaw or on a bed of lettuce
- Grilled Barramundi
- Side Salad
- Fresh Fruit (if you have’nt had your 2 fruit exchanges yet)
- Cucumber-Mint cooler
- Black, Green or Tropical iced teas
- Citron green, Masala Chai or Crimson Berry hot teas
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